Bill reported, without amendment (Standing Order No. 83D(6)).
On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. The Government’s refusal to accept a single amendment means there will be no Report stage. The programme motion means there is no debate on Third Reading. I am informed by the Library that the last time that combination happened was the Defence of the Realm Act 1914, which was about the first world war. For this to happen on any Bill would be an abuse; for it to happen on this Bill is an outrage. What is it about the procedures of this place that allows a Bill of this constitutional significance to be railroaded through in this disgraceful fashion?
The House agreed to a programme motion, and that is what has been adhered to. What I would say is that the point is on the record; you have certainly pointed out the last time this happened. There are other channels where I think that conversation ought to go and to be taken up, but I thank you for that.
On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. This House has nobly represented the will of the British people in a referendum, and that is why the Bill has passed as it has.
May I just say to the hon. Gentleman, who is a constitutional expert, that he will recognise that that is also definitely not a point of order?
More than seven hours having elapsed since the commencement of proceedings on consideration, the proceedings were interrupted (Programme Order, 1 February).
The Deputy Speaker put forthwith the Question necessary for the disposal of the business to be concluded at that time (Standing Order No.83E), That the Bill be now read the Third time.
8 February 2017
The House divided:
Question accordingly agreed to.
Bill read the Third time and passed.
Order. Ms Gibson, it is very good to hear the choir. I personally do not mind singing, but I certainly cannot allow it in the Chamber, because before we know it we could hear other tunes, and I do not want to get into that—and some of those on that side of the Chamber have not quite got the voice that they might have on the other. I do not want a sing-off within the Chamber. It is very good of you, and much appreciated, but if we could just leave it for a little while: it has been a very tense week already, and I do not need any extra. Thank you.
And so there we have it..Game Over and Game On!
The Torys with Labour assistance have rammed the Exit Bill through the Commons Committee Stage in jig time, totally doing away with normal protocols, and as Alex Salmond noted, the only time that such a thing had happened was at time of extreme national emergency at the outbreak of the 1st World War.
Not one single amendment was passed, and in the process in their undue haste they trammeled all over The devolved administrations, the Belfast Agreement, and the rights of European Citizens in this country.
Such was their determination that nothing would stop them driving themselves and everyone else over the Brexit cliff edge, that even if they consigned everyone to Hell that would not have stopped them.
The Bill now makes its not so jolly way to the House of Lords..or The Other Place as they call that.
Those unelected denizens will waffle over it for much less time than they would generally be inclined to do, and pass it back to be finally passed into Law in good time for Theresa May to action Article 50 at the end of March
The only real certainty we are left to ponder, is when Nicola Sturgeon will make her official announcement in calling the new Independence referendum?
I have for quite a while now had a hunch that it may well be when Article 50 is officially actioned. However it may be later than that, but still this year i think when it will be called, possibly but not any later than this Autumn.
I think Nicola is possibly enjoying leaving them sweating and havering over it like the sword of Damocles hanging over their heads.
Better to wait a wee while to really let the implications of Brexit start to hit home to the population, and it wont be too long before it starts to be felt.
Also one doesn’t want to interrupt your opponent when they are making a fool of themselves, nor your foe when they are causing themselves damage without you having to lift a finger.
I know that such tactics will infuriate the more impatient among us, but this is not a game, it is crucial that the timing is right, and high stakes politics requires strategy and planning, before execution at the precise moment in which to act.
In the meantime, I am perfectly sure that our MPs will continue to pester and infuriate Westminster to distraction.
They concluded last night with whistling and singing the Ode to Joy, Europes National anthem…but perhaps it was an Ode to Joy knowing that Independence is in the offing.
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